This workshop fits together two inconsequential things: the poetry of Jack Spicer and the poetry of you!
Jack Spicer co-founded the Six Gallery in San Francisco, famous as the venue where Allen Ginsberg first performed "Howl." (And you may recognize his name from a few lines of poetry embedded in the sidewalk along the Embarcadero in San Francisco.) His poems are special, as the introduction of the collection says, for their "deep humanity and humor...a desperate push to apprehend what is 'real.'" Like his contemporaries, the Beats, Spicer experimented with stream-of-consciousness and automatic writing; he also played with what he called "serial poems," where poem after poem were intended to play against each other. His poems are also important for poets who love poetry. Poetry is not an easy-going lover, but Spicer keeps returning to its love. And so do we.
In a hybrid of workshop and book group, we will closely examine the writing of the Berkeley Renaissance poet Jack Spicer, using his style and approach to inform our own writing. Napa County Poet Laureate Jeremy Benson will lead participants through discussions, craft lessons, writing exercises, and critique workshops during this 6-week workshop, which is open to poets of all levels.